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20 Things Job Seekers Should Never Tweet About

20 Things Job Seekers Should Never Tweet About

According to recent statistics, Twitter’s 100 million users have collectively sent over 16 billion tweets since Twitter was launched in 2006.  Earlier this year, Facebook reached over 400 million active users. Facebook has more members than the populations of Japan, Mexico and Russia, combined. Given these numbers, it’s not surprising that nearly two-thirds (64%) of online Americans use social media, and most social media users (84%) reveal information about themselves via social media channels.

Social networks can be a powerful resource for job seekers if they manage their social profiles correctly. However, it is important for job seekers to manage both the content they share online, as well as the connections they make on each network. A record number of employers are utilizing social networking sites to screen potential employees. Sixty seven percent of employers reported in a recent survey that they use social networking sites to research job candidates. Another 14 percent plan to start using social networking sites for candidate screening in the near future. Sharing too much information or having connections that share too much of your personal information online, can easily hurt your chances of finding a job or even getting called for an interview.

Listed below are 20 examples of content job seekers should never share online:

(All of the examples shown below are 100% real content we found by doing a quick search of the various social networks.  Names were hidden in an attempt to protect the not so innocent submitters.)

1.  Never discuss failing a drug test!

Discussing passing, failing or even how to beat a drug test with your buddy is never wise.  Mentioning the potential employers name in the same tweet is even worse .  Most companies monitor their online reputations and receive instant alerts anytime their company name is mentioned.

Failed Drug Test Twitter Discussion

Failed Drug Test Tweet

failed drug test best buy tweets

2.  Never talk about how much you HATE your boss!

It is never smart to talk bad about your past, current or future boss online, regardless of how you really feel.

mouse boss

hate boss tweet

really hate boss tweet

Hate Subway Boss Tweet

3.  Never share how often you are late for work!

late for work again

4.  Never mention how much you hate your job.

Talking about how much you hate your current job might just get you fired or written up.   There are too many talented people ready and willing to take your place.  Job seekers should also be aware that future employers might scratch you off their potential candidate list after viewing  your comments.

I hate my job Tweet

5.  Never talk about quitting your job.

hate my job and boss tweet

6.  Never brag about what you stole from the office!

Stole from Work Twitter

stole from office tweet

7.  Never share how you lied on your resume or application.

Beware:   Protecting your tweets or setting your profile to private doesn’t always guarantee your privacy.  During our quick search today, we discovered one comment still showing up in Twitter search even though this user has recently set their tweets to private.

lied on resume protected tweet

lied on application tweet

8.  Never use your online profile to confess how you lied to your employer.

lied to boss about facebook

9.  Never mention sleeping on the job.

Sleeping at work tweet

10.  Refrain from making negative comments about co-workers.

hate coworkers hurt them tweet

called coworker name

11.  Don’t mention how bored you are at work!

bored at work

12.  Never reveal your drug habits !

smoke weed

want to smoke weed at work tweet

13.  Never mention how you lied to get off work.

twitter lied to boss about being sick

14.  Never mention being Drunk at work!

drunk at work tweet

15.   Never brag about playing games at work !

playing at work

16.  Never share intimate details online!

sex talk at work

sex at work tweet

say no to sex work comment

17.  Never mention that you are sleeping with the boss!

Sharing intimate photos and information online is never advised.  Ask your friends and family to watch what they share online too!

Sleeping with boss

sleeping with boss son

slept with boss

18.  Refrain from making discriminatory remarks.

In a recent survey, employers reported they did not hire a candidate because of discriminatory comments they made online.

handicapped comment

discrimination

hate fat people tweet

19.  Never make negative comments about clients or customers!

stupid customers twitter comment

Stupid Customers Tweet

20.   Never brag about fighting at work!

brag about fighting at work

Believe it or not, this is a tame sampling of what we found online in just recent tweets.   If you have tweets or facebook posts you would like to share please leave them in comments and we will add them to our list.

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34 comments

  1. It seems all of the links are broken now! Bummer! I can’t see the examples. I tried on Chrome and Firefox. Did you have to disable the links?

  2. These are very stupid things to do, yes. But even more stupid is making it obvious who you are. Use a fake name, don’t mention people/your company by name. Why is this so hard?

  3. I, too, am shocked these need to be said at all, but from the fact they exist at all – it’s apparently needed. I would venture to say that those who need these tips may also never discover them since they’re so clueless about their work ethics to begin with. Yikes.

  4. You’d think this advice would not be necessary but I see it all the time.

  5. Very interesting. I have made sure while I am work not to post crazy things on Twitter. I may have accidentally posted how I am bored at work, but I will make sure to catch my eye on that one.

  6. Great post! I know a few of my friends who’ve posted things that were inappropriate. They definitely need to see this. Our online presence is gradually becoming just as important as our presence at work. I just don’t understand how people can think posting some of these things is ok.

  7. I can’t believe I haven’t commented on this before! I love this blog entry and it was nice to see in my Twitter stream again today!

  8. good article. Everything is very true. all this makes up one’s job attitude and that counts THE MOST at work place.

  9. Addictedtomykeys

    My father always told me, never put in writing what you don’t want someone else to read. Everything I put in writing, I could give a rats patootie about anyone else reading.

    It is shameful though that we can’t even speak our minds anymore. I would much rather know who someone is and deal with the reality, than be working side by side with a ‘potential killer’ who smiles in my face everyday. And honestly, what do these comments have to do with getting the job done?

    Granted, discriminatory comments or anything that exudes hate, that is an entirely different issue. But, thinking about sex at work – really? That’s a reason not to hire someone? Well, I guess if you’re the boss writing the tweet, then yeah! lol…smh…

    Freedom of speech is dead.

  10. Great article and eye opening. Thanks for finding all of those perfect examples!

    thanks.

  11. While I agree with what is being said – I would find it hard to believe that the author of this blog post and everyone commenting here hasn’t in some way publicly vented before. I know I have, never using any names or reference to my place of employment, but I have also removed said instance of frustration and made everything “private” to the best of my ability. (Granted, that isn’t saying I’m 100% foolproof)

    The comments about drug use, and blatant references to hate and sexual encouters within the workplace are absolutely absurd. I would venture a guess that half of these aren’t true and rather are more of a fake persona someone (insecure) has developed to appear “cool” to their peers, which is sad.

  12. We were taught when we were in Kindergarten not to gossip. Online gossip is no different. And common sense should tell you that a public Internet forum is not the place to bare your innermost feelings.

  13. You can’ make this stuff-up!

  14. Very funny that people would comment on things like this in the first place for everyone to see. Employers are using every tool they can to weed out the bad seeds.

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  16. Perhaps this should be titled, “20 Things You Should NOT TWEET ABOUT”, period. My students will all be job seekers some day; when I warn them about this, some shrug and say we’ll all become indifferent to nonsense posted by our younger selves because it will be so commonplace. But that won’t happen til hiring managers themselves have posted nonsense – some of these people clearly will never get there!

  17. This was funny!I appreciate the humor but I would like to see a post on what should job seekers be tweeting about. I been a job seeker on Twitter for 8 months now and I want to know if what I am talking about falls into what recruiters are looking for. Thanks!

  18. These never get old…Funny Stuff!

  19. Awesome! Great article and excellent examples. It never ceases to amaze me how STUPID people get when they tweet or update their statuses. DUMB and DUMBER! Thanks for the laughs.

  20. Druid Corentyn

    While some of the above are common sense- the speaking about others is racist, and drug users are morons, those people shouldn’t have ANY job- I cringe when I see posts like this, to a degree.

    The rule is, if you don’t mention the company, clients or even talk about your work in mysterious code… Anything else you say is no business of any good employer. It isn’t invasion of privacy, but it is invasion of space.

    Why is this a slippery slope? Say you spend your hours on Twitter correcting Conservative propaganda, but your CEO with 5 yachts is (surprise) a Conservative. They can abuse your freedom of speech by firing you for speaking your mind, simply because they disagree and have power.

    If you find your company is snooping into your social media- not finding things where you included their name- you are working for a bad company and will have problems, guaranteed.

    Make sure you establish with your employer it is unacceptable to invade your space when you’re not referencing them. You DO NOT represent your company in your free time, unless you bring them in to the conversation.

    Protect your freedoms in using social media, or you’ll end up relegated to Tweets about eating and watching TV.

  21. Frightening that people post this sort of stuff – and don’t even think twice and try and delete it when they calm down.

  22. Great article and eye opening. Thanks for finding all of those perfect examples!

  23. Yes, i know some people who got in trouble by posting stuff on their facebook. My friend did not get a job because she had drunken pictures of her self on facebook.

  24. Crazy people ……. I am continually amazed at how careless people are with their futures.

  25. Good insightful information about job seekers behavior. Quite a large number of scandals and scams are revealed through public and “so called” private tweets.

  26. I agree, people need to think before posting comments like these to any public page. Although I got a good laugh, I feel sorry for them when they start a career search or try to get into any colleges or politics. Everything is there for all the world to see.

  27. Hi Bob,

    This so reminds of a tweet I read a few months ago. The Tweeter was going to work on his resume, shoot some hoops, and hang with the potheads.

    I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry.

    Cheers,

    Donna

  28. I agree, people need to reconsider before posting comments like these to any public page.

  29. Frankly, these are pretty tame compared to some I’ve seen. But, yes, it’s scary that people need to be told not to say things like this online. Maybe they think they have on their invisibility cloaks while sitting at their computers.

  30. Common sense is often not as common as it should be. Great article!

  31. The truly frightening part is that you even have to SAY “Don’t say these things”.

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